I sing Adobe Lightroom's praises to anyone who will listen, but the photo editing that will always have my heart is VSCO. For those who aren't familiar with the app, it's a social media/iPhone editing platform that was seriously the only way to have a cool Instagram account back in the day. Not only is it easy to use, but the filters are super customizable, which allowed you to create a feed aesthetic before having a feed aesthetic was a thing. I personally couldn't get enough of the A6 filter, and almost all of my pictures were given a desaturated, slightly cool look thanks to the filter pack. Of course, my Instagram feed is now bright and colorful, but I'm able to understand Lightroom partly because of my experience with VSCO.
Naturally, my first question when I got Lightroom was, "How do I get free VSCO Lightroom presets?" I checked the official VSCO website in hopes that my VSCO subscription would carry over to a desktop version, but no dice. Instead, you have to pay $59 per VSCO Lightroom Preset Pack. Let me tell you: I trust VSCO, and I'm sure they're worth the money, but it wasn't realistic for me to spend that much on presets when I already use Dreamy Presets for all of my editing needs. I just wanted VSCO presets for when I needed to change things up (or edit pictures that weren't meant for my blog or social media).
Thankfully, I found a solution, and it's completely free. This free VSCO Lightroom pack from NATE Photographic is a gamechanger, and you'll be super impressed with the result — I know I was. The pack contains presets that match the most popular VSCO filters like A4, A5, A6, M5, HB1 and HB2. To show y'all how good it is, I've edited a picture with A6 in VSCO and the "A6" preset from NATE Photographic. See the comparison below:
Can you even tell the difference?! PROBABLY NOT. The left is with VSCO, and the right is with the free preset! It's uncanny how close they are. Thank you to NATE Photographic for such an amazing tool for bloggers and creatives — so much fun!